XTIDE controller now available
Michael B. Brutman
mbbrutman-cctalk at brutman.com
Mon Oct 5 07:47:38 CDT 2009
Steven Hirsch wrote:
> On Fri, 2 Oct 2009, Jim Leonard wrote:
>> I wanted to let all of you know that the 2nd revision of my friend's
>> PC/XT IDE controller is now available. For those of you not in the
>> know, this is a way of using modern IDE hard drives in your 8bit PC or
>> XT system. Works with drives up to 137G (your O/S also has to support
>> it; 8.4G is way more common) and Compact Flash->IDE controllers too.
>> CD-ROM support is likely coming eventually, but he has to write an
>> entire driver that MSCDEX would talk to.
> What am I not understanding about the need for this product? I have
> about a half-dozen 8-bit ISA IDE controllers, mostly Seagate branded.
> Didn't think they were particularly rare.
Funny, but now I know why the rest of us can't find them - you have a
personal stockpile! Most of us can't find them on eBay or other places.
This one has a BIOS that supports LBA mode drives. It was pretty funny
seeing DOS 7 boot on a PC XT 5160. The BIOS is also flashable, which is
a nice feature. (And we expect the source code to be openly available.)
There will be announcements and pointers to a proper page/site when
these things are more production ready.
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